Canine, Feline, Aquatic, Exotic/Avian, Amphibian/Reptile, Other
2 Year Degree
Job Summary: Provide support to veterinarians in surgical preparation in a high-volume spay and neuter environment. Assist in directing volunteers. May be assigned for intermittent or regular shifts providing in-shelter medical care and support for both shelter and foster animals.
Duties and Responsibilities: • Perform and provide surgery preparation to veterinarians including anesthesia induction, monitoring, recovery, examination, and medication of shelter animals. • Examine animals brought in for health care issues pre and post- adoption. Work with veterinarians in administering appropriate tests, medical care and medication. • Verify animal identification prior to surgery. • Assist in screening animals for other medical conditions prior to surgery • Maintain all equipment in surgery to insure function and safety. • Oversee animal anesthetic recovery and follow-up care. • Clean and pack surgical instruments. • Run autoclave as needed • Assist with vaccinations and other appropriate injections, as needed • Assist with the duties for surgery preparation. • Assist with intake and discharge of public and shelter animals. • Follow safety guidelines. • Performs other duties and special projects as assigned
Qualifications and Requirements: • Knowledge of vet tech and animal shelter procedures, protocols. • Knowledge of restraint, handling techniques, general animal safety practices, including recognizing animal behavior patterns. • Ability to work effectively, independently and in team; in atmosphere of multiple projects, shifting priorities, deadline pressures; to be flexible, detail oriented; to prioritize • Excellent interpersonal skills w/ customer service orientation. Ability to communicate effectively, courteously, professionally. • Computer literacy w/ proficient use of programs including Microsoft Office programs, email, Internet and database software. • Passion for HRA mission, for caring of all animals regardless of age, breed, temperament or species. • Ability to work weeknights, weekends, holidays as needed. Ability to work weekend vaccine, feline clinics, as needed.
Physical Requirements and Work Environment: • Ability to lift 50 pounds unassisted regularly, 50+ pounds assisted. • Ability to be comfortable working w/ cats, dogs, small animals, reptiles, fish, wildlife. • Ability to perform strenuous physical activity on daily basis, including lifting, carrying, reaching, stooping, squatting, standing, bending. • Due to nature of shelter work, may be exposed to deceased, fractious, or aggressive animals; hostile, irate persons; zoonotic or other diseases; unpleasant noises, odors, sights; extreme temperatures. • Possess and maintain valid driver’s license.
Education and Experience: • College degree or equivalent combination of education and experience. Certified Veterinarian Technician preferred. • Minimum one year of progressively responsible experience as vet tech or in animal care. Experience w/ high volume spay/neuter preferred. • Ability to pass basic vet tech skills assessment during interview process.